The sustainable office for World Wildlife Fund that was designed by RAU Architects, World Wildlife Fund Headquarters, Schoonoord Estate is located in Zeist, Netherlands. The Dutch branch of the World Wildlife Fund for nature moves into its premises. A former agricultural laboratory has been turned int an energy-efficient building. It is self-sufficient and produces no CO2 at all. More than 1 in 18 of the Dutch population actively support the work of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect nature in all its aspects. Part of this work is to deliver actual proof that it is possible, even by simple means, to realise an energy and nature, saving world.
Nature reserve Schoonoord bordering on the Driebergseweg (Zeist), was the location of a laboratory dating from 1954. A ‘frozen’ building: austere, impersonal and grim. A decision was made to ‘reanimate’ it: to maintain the frame of the building, to reuse the rubble and to add a warm, pulsating heart in the middle. While simultaneously returning the grounds to nature. In the moisture-balancing mud ceilings, continuous circulation through little glass tubes takes care of the spreading of human and mechanical warmth, and even more importantly of cooling. Through horizontal wooden blinds, a maximum of useful light enters. All materials are screened for environment friendliness as well as child labour. And of course space is made for wildlife: ‘bird-friendly roofing tiles’ and ‘bat basements’.